Cargo residents push for change

Cargo residents push for change

CARGO residents want to see a 100km/h speed limit returned to the Cargo Road under a review by the state government.

Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) is in the early stages of a review on Cargo Road after it was identified as one of the top 100 routes in NSW needing a speed review.

The road between Cargo and Orange was reduced from 100km/h to 80km/h and 90km/h in 2010 after the poor state of the road raised safety concerns.

Since then 4.03 kilometres of wire rope safety barriers have been installed in 14 locations, through $1 million worth of government grants.

Cargo resident Mick Donnelly wants the speed limit returned to 100km/h.

“I just believe it’s time to bring it back to the original speed,” he said. “The road’s been upgraded with safety barriers and now [Nashdale] Bridge work,” he said.

Mr Donnelly regularly sees impatient motorists banked up behind drivers who sit under the speed limit in the interchanging 80km/h and 90km/h speed zones.

“You see more cars travelling through Cargo in packs because many people are driving slower and sitting under the speed limit because they don’t want to get pinged by the police,” he said.

“It just makes it riskier with more people wanting to overtake.”

Several Cargo Road residents said funds used for wire rope safety barriers would have been better spent on improving the road’s surface.

RMS expects the review to be completed by the end of March. The review will be carried out in accordance with the NSW speed zoning guidelines and will assess factors including road environment, traffic characteristics and crash profiles. Any change will be determined by the results of the review.

The Central Western Daily was unable to contact Roads Minister Duncan Gay for comment.

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